Gatecrashing Nelson Mandela

At Ground Level Jan 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Tomorrow the South African people, to whom he dedicated his lifetime struggle for freedom, justice, and peace ­— and his millions of supporter-admirers all over the world — will give Nelson Mandela a farewell salute as his body is laid to rest in Qunu, his boyhood village.

Earlier, tens of thousands of South Africans, international dignitaries including 91 heads of state and government, and world celebrities had eulogized the antiapartheid hero, first black President of his country, and peacemaker at the national memorial service in Soweto, where he began his revolutionary activism in 1960.

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